IDFWO – IDF Widows & Orphans Organization

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Project Details

Project Focus: Bar & Bat Mitzvah Celebration for IDF Orphans

A Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration is a true milestone in one's life, a new beginning; it's a symbolic moment in which a young Jew leaves childhood and makes his or her first steps in the world of adulthood. The memories we acquire on that occasion are unforgettable, the celebration, the ceremony at the Synagogue, the presents, the family and friends that join us in this special moment all bring joy and happiness into a child life, to be cherished for years to come.

However, with our children the happiness is also accompanied with great pain. This special daylike all occasions in their lives - stands in the shadow of their terrible loss. For every girl that is celebrating her Bat Mitzvah, and for every boy that is celebrating his Bar Mitzvah, this day represents togetherness - with family and friends, but also symbolizes a time of great loneliness. This day stands as a clear reminder that their fathers can only be present in spirit, in their hearts, tragically unable to accompany them on the joyous occasion.

Once a year, IDF Widows and Orphans Organization holds a moving celebration in Jerusalem for tens of our little heroes. On this special day we embrace our children with love and care, as we introduce them to their extended family - the family of the bereaved, other women and children who know all too well what they feel, understand them and will support them for years to come. On this day we bring elements of Jewish values to the lives of our children, as they spend the day in Jerusalem, touring the Old City, celebrating at the Western Wall and are joined by the President of Israel, Minister of Defense, Chief of Staff and other numerous supporters, as well as their families, loved ones and friends. But perhaps most importantly, we organize a fun and truly unforgettable experience for the children, showing them we will never forget their sacrifice and that we will stand by them whenever and wherever they needs us.

Sponsor one Bar or Bat Mitzvah child - $1,200
Total cost for 60 children - $72,000

About Us

Updates

IDF Widows and Orphans Organization, a non-profit organization registered in Israel in 1991, is the sole organization recognized by the State of Israel, representing widows and orphans of Israel’s fallen soldiers.

The organization's goal is to provide social, emotional and financial support to widows and orphans who have suffered the greatest loss: that of a husband and father.

With that horrible knock on the door, the world collapses around the new widows and orphans, who then need to gather all their strength to go on living. This is where the IDFWO steps in.
Our projects:
  • Education scholarships for orphans (for academic or vocational training)
  • Annual summer camp in the United States – designed to strengthen the bonds between our children and Jewish American children
  • Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration, including a visit to the President's Residence, ceremony at the Western Wall and more
  • Mazal Tov wedding gift for orphans
  • Special event honoring IDF orphans enlisting in the army or national service
  • Medical assistance in cases that are not covered by the National Health Law
  • Financial aid
  • Emotional support
  • Reduced-fee vacations
  • Daytrips
  • Commemoration and memorial activities
  • Otzma Camps

IDFWO is a fully democratic organization. The 50 members of its general assembly are elected every four years. They then elect seven members for the Board of Directors, headed by the chairwoman, Ms. Nava Shoham.

IDFWO branches are located throughout the country, addressing the needs of members in their area. Each branch has its own Board of Directors with a representative of the IDFWO.

For more information, please contact:

Michal Meckler
Resource Development Coordinator
Email: michal@idfwo.org

Our Website: www.idfwo.org

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